March 8, 2011 11:41 AM

Mark at the bid launch last ThursdayLast Thursday 3rd March, Stockport Council officially launched its bid for "city" status as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the year of the UK Olympics. Local MP Mark Hunter was on hand at a special event at Stockport College to 'back the bid' which, if successful, would bring huge benefits to Stockport's local economy.

At the launch, Stockport Council Leader, Councillor Dave Goddard and Ben Poland, President of Stockport Chamber of Commerce, spoke about "putting Stockport on the national and international map" through a bid which has already won wide endorsement from people and organisations across the borough.

Stockport's current economic story is already a strong one, and just last week there was another piece of good news as Sky announced it would be expanding its customer service centre to create further jobs in Stockport to meet increasing demand for its services.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Stockport already has a strong and robust local economy but city status - judging by experience elsewhere - would make the Borough even stronger, attracting more investment and more jobs.

"It is fair to say that Stockport Council has been doing a very good job to protect jobs and promote growth in these tough economic times.

"I have no doubt that Stockport deserves to be recognised as a city, and I wish all those involved in the bid the best of luck in what will hopefully be a successful campaign!"

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